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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 07:56 PM
Number of posts: 3,231

About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

Just wondering about Joe's future.

To my mind all of the hit pieces on VP Harris this weekend might have been the opening salvos of the 2024 campaign. They were launched by somebody.
Joe Biden's my man. I thought he was the only Democrat who could defeat Mr. Orange. But 2022 doesn't look great. The hightwater mark of his first term.
Will he really be interested in a second term. Even if only BBB is the last major piece of legislation he will have accomplished a lot. He saved the economy, passed the first infrastructure bill in decades, signed all the programs in the BBB into law and I even bet Covid will be brought under control while he is President. It will be quite a record. He's no kid. So maybe he thinks he will have accomplished what he set out to do.
I acknowledge he might feel that he has to protect us from the ass clown and decide to run again, but the country and the party can make demands on him. He's been too good.
I guess we will find out.

Nobody likes those masks!

There was a funny little story in Politico Playbook this morning. Dr
Faucci was at a book party at a D.C. restaurant last night. Apparently he kept putting on and taking off his mask at the party. People thought he was trying to avoid having his picture taken with the mask off. He said he'd take it off when he talked to someone he knew. Put it on when talking to someone he didn't know them. The thing of it is the D.C. indoor mask mandate doesn't expire until Monday. Nobody likes those masks.

https://www.politico.com/playbook

Those new Covid pills.

Here's an interesting article about those new Covid pills we've been hearing about from Pfizer and Merck:

https://www.statnews.com/2021/11/15/8-lingering-questions-about-the-new-covid-pills-from-merck-and-pfizer/

Dr. Faucci thinks Covid could be endemic by Spring.

There seems to be some dispute about what 'endemic' means,
but Dr. Faucci thinks we could be there by the spring:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/16/fauci-covid-endemic-vaccinations-boosters-us

I see the gop in the house is still wearing masks.

All but one guy surrounding McCarthy had them on.
DC is getting rid of their mask mandate Nov. 22.
I wonder if Nancy Pelosi will follow the District's lead.

Why isn't the government selling 50 or 100 year bonds?

I saw this proposed in Barron's some years ago. Why wouldn't the Treasury Dept. lock in low interest borrowing for a very long time? Is there a case for not doing this?
Just wondering.

Friday afternoon verdicts.

Being retired, tonight I had to ask my wife while we were on nightly dog patrol: Is today Wednesday? And she told me: No. It's Thursday.
All of which put me in mind of a phenomenon known as the Friday afternoon verdict. I can't believe it's unique to my jurisdiction. But more often than not, if a jury has been deliberating for several days when Friday afternoon rolls around you would hear a knock at the jury door and word would go out that a verdict had been reached.
Does it happen all the time? Of course not. But it happened more often than random chance would dictate.
Why does it happen? Actually your opinion would be better than mine. I've never served on a jury so I don't really know much about jury dynamics.
If the Rittenhouse jury goes into next week that tells me that there are a number of people on both sides who have very strongly held opinions about some issues.
PS There is also a Monday morning phenomenon. I guess people take the weekend to reflect and don't look forward to more long days of argument.

A man will be executed today.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/18/us/julius-jones-oklahoma-execution-decision/index.html


State sanctioned murder is a disgrace to this country.

Taylor Swift and Whitney Houston fans fight on twitter!

https://nypost.com/2021/11/17/taylor-swift-and-whitney-houston-fans-fight-on-twitter/

Me, I'm on Team Taylor. Unfortunately I don't twit.

Schumer, McConnell talk on debt ceiling.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/582072-schumer-mcconnell-talk-on-debt-ceiling

Sounds like maybe it will get worked out, which would be a good thing.
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